A Link Between Schizophrenia and Cannabis Use

A Link Between Schizophrenia and Cannabis Use

A common rebuttal to promotion of cannabis as part of a healthy lifestyle is the assertion that cannabis is linked to mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, a connection that has come up again and again in research. Cannabis enthusiasts have always been skeptical about the causality involved - about whether cannabis actually causes schizophrenia. For their part, researchers have failed to firmly establish that causality. Now, according to Rolling Stone, a new study offers an explanation that validates what many cannabis advocates have long suspected.

Purple Cotton: A Mellow and Relaxing Indica

Purple Cotton: A Mellow and Relaxing Indica

Everything about Purple Cotton, also called Purple Cotton Candy, falls squarely into my indica comfort zone. With the all-star Granddaddy Purple as one of its parents, it’s hard to imagine how Purple Cotton could stray too far from GDP’s widely-loved legacy. However, there is an element of the unknown with its other parent, Cotton Candy Kush.

The State of Legal Cannabis in Florida

The State of Legal Cannabis in Florida

With respect to cannabis, Florida can be viewed as an interesting window into the national situation. While Florida is not Colorado, there has been substantial progress worth noting as well as some hopeful sentiments from key voices for the possibility of full legalization in the near future.

DEA Announces Research Cannabis Quota Increase; Opioid Quota Decrease

DEA Announces Research Cannabis Quota Increase; Opioid Quota Decrease

It is not often that we are able to announce any good news on the DEA front. Although much progress has been made on cannabis law reform, the federal government has largely dug in its heels at every possible turn. But, according to a Forbes report., the DEA, in an upcoming Federal Register filing, is announcing its plan to grow five times more legal cannabis for research next year than is being grown in 2018.

SVCA Combat Cookies: Hope For Veterans

SVCA Combat Cookies: Hope For Veterans

In the same way that eating a meal can connect people to the political, social, and economic realities faced by those cooking and eating that food every day, experiencing cannabis has the potential to connect you to the experiences of those growing and regularly consuming it. What began as a simple idea to review Combat Cookies and provide some background information led me to discover some harsh realities for combat veterans, a local dispensary and community that is unique in the state and, perhaps, the whole country, and some jaw-dropping statistics about life for veterans in the US. The fight for legal cannabis is about more than the right to enjoy a recreational activity that hurts no one. For many, it is also a struggle to obtain a better quality of life by alleviating physical and mental pain without addiction.

Moments in Cannabis History: Canada Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

Moments in Cannabis History: Canada Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

The Canadian Senate voted to legalize Cannabis Tuesday, by an impressive 2 to 1 margin. The bold move makes our reputedly polite, maple syrup-guzzling northern neighbors the first G-7 nation to legalize cannabis on a federal level. That qualification is necessary since tiny Uruguay legalized a few years ago, but it’s really just another way of saying that it’s the first large, powerful, heavily industrialized nation to make the leap. They are the second nation ever to fully legalize.

Cannabis Testing: Is a Failed Test Still A Fireable Offense?

Cannabis Testing: Is a Failed Test Still A Fireable Offense?

In light of state-legal cannabis, it would be easy to assume that users are safe from the persecution and marginalization of the prohibition era, such as missing out on a job or getting fired thanks to a cannabis drug test – a notorious dilemma for cannabis users. After all, alcohol has a much greater potential for leading to bad decision making, addiction, and affecting your state of mind the following day. Yet, no one can imagine getting fired from a job because your boss heard you were drinking the night before. In fact, Mad Men style office drinking has made a modest comeback in the digital era.  So, it might come as a bit of a shock that neither recreational users nor medical patients are widely protected from discrimination by employers.

Trump Supports STATES Act: Protecting States with Legal Cannabis

Trump Supports STATES Act: Protecting States with Legal Cannabis

The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act was introduced a day earlier, and immediately stood out from the plethora of cannabis bills that had already been introduced, but had failed to garner much support. The bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exempt those following state laws “relating to the manufacture, production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of [cannabis]."

Cannabis Pairing: Harlequin GDP and Carmel Ridge Sauvignon Blanc

Cannabis Pairing: Harlequin GDP and Carmel Ridge Sauvignon Blanc

For this late spring, early summer pairing, we wanted to find something light, versatile, and refreshing enough to capture the lively, vibrant mood of the season allowing for plenty of time spent outdoors with friends. This is a pairing that won’t make you want to cancel all your plans, but will instead make you want to stay out even longer. We also wanted to try something new and different for our pairing series, and Harlequin GDP, paired with Carmel Ridge Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc, fits the bill perfectly.

Area 51: A Visually Impressive and Well-balanced Sativa

Area 51: A Visually Impressive and Well-balanced Sativa

Area 51 is a sativa-dominant hybrid favored for pain relief and its relatively mellow effect. Although Leafly describes the strain as having “unknown origins,” others claim that Area 51 was an accidental cross of Cannatonic and Alien Abduction, with roots in Las Vegas, around 2010. Unlike many sativa-dominant strains, Area 51 has yielded few reports of anxiety and paranoia among Leafly users, and is an ideal pain reliever and an alternative to opioid medications.

Origins of Cannabis: Latin America

Origins of Cannabis: Latin America

In the US, the history of cannabis is inextricably linked to the origins of cannabis in Latin America. While the plant has its own history within Anglo culture that goes back much further than the overtly xenophobic association with immigrants from south of the border, the modern notion of “marijuana” as a controversial, illegal, counterculture phenomenon has everything to do with our perception of the plant’s relationship with Spanish-speaking cultures.

Spliffin Cartridges: A Great Taste with High Potency to Match

Spliffin Cartridges: A Great Taste with High Potency to Match

Spliffin is a Los Angeles based cannabis company with a focus on concentrates and vaporizer technology, and a commitment to “safety, purity, and potency,” according to their website. They use a multistage, solvent-free CO2 extraction process, and their products are lab tasted with the results available on their website. A secondary refinement process removes impurities, and every batch faces quality control tests, according to the company.

How Cannabis Can Help In The Fight Against Cancer

How Cannabis Can Help In The Fight Against Cancer

There is plenty of misinformation surrounding the question of whether, and exactly how, cannabis can fight cancer. There’s no doubt that cannabis is the perfect way to counter some of the nastiest side effects of chemo therapy – namely, nausea and vomiting. Studies have also shown that cannabis consumption reduces the amount of pain medication needed by patients in clinical trials. As we all know, cannabis is also great for stimulating appetite. These are all great reasons for cancer patients to use cannabis, and there’s not much room for debate on these points – it may not work for everybody for these purposes, but it certainly works well for many.

California Cannabis Tax: What It Means For Businesses and Customers

California Cannabis Tax: What It Means For Businesses and Customers

California’s cannabis legalization measure has been hailed by most as a timely, if not long overdue, step into the future. However, not all cannabis fans supported the measure. Many pro-cannabis opponents took issue with the new tax system, and the ways it could affect businesses and low-income patients. For many consumers, the hype surrounding legalization obscured the substantial tax hike behind the scenes, learning about the increased costs only on their first visit to a dispensary. To make matters worse, the high costs also applied to medical patients who saw no change in their ability to purchase cannabis, but still faced a massive

The Outlook For the Future of Recreational Cannabis

The Outlook For the Future of Recreational Cannabis

Despite ominous, if vague, signals of disapproval from the federal government, the legal cannabis industry is widely expected to continue growing at a breakneck speed. Regardless of a scare in January after Jeff Sessions revoked the Cole Memo and its tentative protections for state-legal cannabis operations, all other signs point to a continued rise in the social and political acceptability of cannabis use. In turn, this will keep the space open for the industry’s unprecedented economic boom to continue. It may simply be a matter of keeping operators and investors from panicking until the wider tidal wave of pro-cannabis sentiment drowns out voices like Sessions and his ilk.

Moments in Cannabis History: The Origin of the 420 Tradition

Moments in Cannabis History: The Origin of the 420 Tradition

Considering its global popularity, and nearly universally understood status achieved in the years since legalization, it’s notable that so few of those who celebrate it can explain, with any certainty, the origins of the 420 cannabis holiday. There’s no shortage of myths and legends of course. But it takes some active research to get to the real history of the number 420 as code for cannabis consumption.

Moments in Cannabis History: Vaporizers and Pre-filled Oil Cartridges

Moments in Cannabis History: Vaporizers and Pre-filled Oil Cartridges

Vaporizers are nothing new – the practice has existed for thousands of years. Yet in less than a decade they’ve become vastly more portable, versatile, affordable, and ultimately, popular as a result. According to a Vice article last year, industry insiders have described the growth of the market in that time, from only 5 percent of dispensary sales to as high as 50 percent in some locations. Some vape companies have even reported growth of 350 to upwards of 500 percent in just the last several years alone.

Confidential Cheese: A Relaxing and Functional Strain

Confidential Cheese: A Relaxing and Functional Strain

Confidential Cheese is an indica strain, the progeny of LA Confidential and Cheese - a strain well-known for its unique aroma. Both these strains are well-loved and highly sought after. However, does Confidential Cheese retain the trademark sour cheese flavor profile of its ancestry? And, how about the low-key, easy going and adaptable indica effects of LA Confidential?
 

Moments in Cannabis History: Vermont Legalizes Cannabis

Moments in Cannabis History: Vermont Legalizes Cannabis

The panic surrounding Jeff Session’s ominous January decision to revoke the Cole Memo that protected state-legal cannabis operations buried yet another groundbreaking moment in cannabis history. On the same day, January 4th, Vermont became the first state to legalize cannabis through their legislature.